Miss Barbara Jemec obtained her Medical Degree from Copenhagen University, Denmark in 1991, after which she moved to the U.K.
She passed the examinations for admission as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1995 (FRCS), which is why she is a Miss rather than a Doctor.
In the UK, physicians have always had formal university training to obtain a degree in medicine. Surgeons, until the mid-19th century however, didn’t have to go to university to gain a degree; instead they served as an apprentice to a surgeon, after which they took an examination. This is why they are called Mr, Miss, Ms or Mrs, despite now obviously also first obtaining a proper medical degree at university!
She passed the Specialist Intercollegiate examination in Plastic Surgery in 2002 (FRCS(Plast)), the European Board Examination in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery in 2003 (EBOPRAS), the Fellow of the Royal College for Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) in 2019 and was awarded an M.D. (MD Res) for her research into Dupuytren’s Disease by the University of London in 2000.
Her lifelong interest lies in the provision of training colleagues in resource poor countries in reconstructive surgery, especially hand surgery, and to this end founded the British Foundation for International Reconstructive Surgery and Training (www.bfirst.org.uk), which is official charity of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons’ (www.bapras.org.uk). BFIRST now has long standing partnerships with our colleagues in 9 countries. She was elected to sit on Councils of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (www.bssh.ac.uk), BAPRAS, the Plastic Surgical section of the Royal Society of Medicine (www.rsm.ac.uk) (President 2012). She is now a Board member of the Canadian Society for Surgery of the Hand (www.cssh-sccm.com).
She is a Royal College of Surgeons’ Assessor for proposed Research Fellowship Schemes and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS) and was on the Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS European Volume) 2007-2017, and is the Associate Editor (Plastics) for the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
She has been a Consultant in the National Health Service (NHS) and on the Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery of the UK (GMC 4052812) since January 2004. Her NHS base is the Royal Free Hospital on Pond Street in London.